A perfect opening day continued for the Canadian contingent at the US Open on Monday when Félix Auger-Aliassime and Rebecca Marino joined Bianca Andreescu in the second round at the final Grand Slam event of the tennis season in Flushing Meadows, New York.
Auger-Aliassime, who finished sixth in the men’s draw, needed four sets to defeat Swiss qualifier Antoine Ritschard 6-3 6-4 3-6 6-3 in his opening game. The reigning US Open semi-finalist used a break of serve in each of the first two sets and two breaks of serve in the fourth frame to defeat his talented opponent. He beat 38 winners, including 13 aces in the match.
The 22-year-old now meets Britain’s Jack Draper in round two, an up-and-coming player enjoying a strong North American summer hard-court season.
Marino scores long-awaited victory in New York
For her part, Marino secured an impressive 6-2, 6-3 triumph over world No. 1. 103 Magdalena Frech from Poland. It was the Vancouver native’s first US Open win in 12 years when she earned the right to play Venus Williams in round two at Arthur Ashe Stadium in 2010.
After leading from start to finish in the third set, the 31-year-old erased an early break deficit in the second frame to end the match in straight strokes. Next, she will take on Ukraine’s Daria Snigur, who pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament by far by a margin, beating the National Bank Open presented by Rogers champion Simona Halep in three sets in the opening round.
Last year’s US Open finalist Leylah Annie Fernandez will look to make it in round two with four Canadians when she plays Oceane Dodin of France at Louis Armstrong Stadium tonight. You can follow the game on TSN and RDS.